Many moons ago, I traveled to Waga Waga, Australia. City so nice they named it twice. Locals would ask me where I was from, and when I said New Jersey, more than one said, “Oh, the capital of New York?”
This happened so often I finally just said, “Yes, the capital of New York.”
Of course, NYC is another city so nice they named it twice.
In a way, they weren’t too far off with that observation. Some consider New Jersey to be the suburbs of New York, and we do have a lot in common.
We’ve adopted a lot of New York phrases that may have no resonance anywhere else in the world.
When someone cuts me off in traffic, I mutter, “Jamoch!” I don’t know what a jamoch is exactly; I do know it doesn’t mean “shnookums.”
A popular phrase we’ve co-opted from our neighbor is “Not for Nothing.” Actually, when pronounced properly, it sounds like this: “Na fa nuttin.”
As a word geek, you’d think such a double negative would drive me off the subway rail. Fuhgeddaboutit! It’s no problem. Actually, we say, “no prah-lum.”
Alls I know is, youse guys can say what you want about New Joisey, but ya gotta admit – we always got suttin colorful to say.